Roaring Fork Historic District

5 mi. SE of Gatlinburg off TN 73, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Tennessee


Jim Bales Place, a farm which Jim Bales inherited from his father, Caleb. Jim, born James Wesley Bales in 1869, lived here for much of his life. He married Emma Ogle, a granddaughter of Gilbert Ogle, whose farm was located just above the Bales Place

Photo taken by pam phillips in October 2015




Ephraim Bales was a farmer. He, his wife, Minerva, and their nine children lived crammed into this two room dog-trot cabin. This style of cabin got its name because a dog could trot through the open porch betweeb the rooms. "Eph" and "Nervie" owned 70 acres of rocks and cultivated 30 of them. The rest remained for timber for cooking, heating and construction use. The larger side of the cabin was the living area; the smaller one, the kitchen. Additional beds stood in the once-closed-in-dog-trot. The only window is the small "granny hole," which looks out over the family pantry - the corn crib. The logs, though small, are skillfully worked. Puncheon (split log) floors were drafty and allowed an occasional snake to slide in, but did serve the purpose when there was no sawed lumber around.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 16, 1976
Reference number
Areas of significance
Exploration/Settlement; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Animal facility; Manufacturing facility; Secondary structure
Current function
Period of significance
Significant years
ca. 1880; 1886
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 6
Non-contributing buildings: 1
Non-contributing structures: 1

Update Log 

  • October 12, 2015: New photos from pam phillips